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Visa requirements

Please be reminded to check on all requirements for your entry to Switzerland and the Schengen Area well in advance. We will be happy to assist you when any need arises.

Switzerland is part of Europe's Schengen Visa Area. Citizens of the EU / EFTA only need to bring a valid passport/ID card and do not need a visa for stays shorter than 3 months. For all other areas and countries, and for current visa information, please get in touch with the Swiss Consulate General located nearest to you as soon as possible.


Bear in mind that the responsible Consulate for your area or country might be in a different country, potentially prolonging the visa process. Please inquire about the detailed needs of your responsible Consulate, as they may differ from country to country.


For any additional documentation needed, please contact us using  Please note that we have reached a generous agreement with Switzerland's Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). If there is an official Swiss representation in your country, charges for visa documents will be waived for all delegation members. 


However, for all other countries, any fees according to the terms and conditions of the respective consulate will be applied. If you apply through a visa center, extra charges from that visa center will apply.

  • Visas for foreign nationals can be issued by the Swiss representation covering their place of residence.

  • Basically, there are two types of visa. Both can be applied for by completing a visa application form submitted in good time.


Please scroll to the end of the FDFA website page and choose under Selection your country and area of origin

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